Best drama movie continuity mistakes of 1984

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Purple Rain picture

Continuity mistake: Apollonia jumps into the lake. She is soaking wet, naturally. However, soon after, she's riding on the back of Prince's motorcycle and her hair is completely dry. (00:23:34)

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Beverly Hills Cop picture

Continuity mistake: When Eddie Murphy is getting the bananas from the waiter in the hotel, the bananas he gets are straight. When he places the bananas in the tailpipe of the detectives' car, they are curved.

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Sixteen Candles picture

Continuity mistake: When the family is getting into the car to go to the wedding one grandmother says to the other "let me in". The grandmother gets out to let the other grandmother in but the first grandmother never gets back in the car, she just pretends to. You can see her hiding behind the cars as it backs down the drive. Both grandmothers are in the car when they see Long Duk Dong on the lawn.

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The Natural picture

Continuity mistake: When he hits the ball off the clock, everyone leaves the park after his home run. Why should they? Roy Hobbs' team is the visiting team, so the Chicago Cubs still have their turn at bat in the bottom of the ninth.

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Teachers picture

Continuity mistake: Alex comes to work very hungover. He proceeds to spill coffee on his shirt twice. He then talks with Lisa in his classroom and now the shirt is clean.

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Breakin' picture

Continuity mistake: During the second "break fight" against Electro Rock in the club, there is a shot of Turbo wearing a grey windbreaker while Ozone is dancing. In the next shot he is putting the jacket on and when Kelly gets on the floor, the jacket is nowhere in sight.

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Blood Simple picture

Continuity mistake: In an early scene, the bartender and the bar owner's wife are driving in the rain, at night. The car is a large Ford: at one point, it becomes a mid-sixties Volvo 122, then is shown as a Ford again.

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Body Double picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film the hero follows the bad guy into a reservoir. When he gets there, the bad guy has dug a very deep hole in the ground in which he wants to bury the girl. But the bad guy arrived only two minutes or so before the hero and didn't have the time to dig a hole of that size.

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The Neverending Story picture

Continuity mistake: Atreyu rests by a stream and his horse walks over to nuzzle against him. The horse does not have a proper girdle to hold the saddle on. Later, when he's riding across the sandy desert, the horse does have a broad girdle.

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Footloose picture

Continuity mistake: As Ren is dancing after the confrontation with his uncle we can see him dancing through the factory. He then does some gymnastics on a bar on the loft. If you look you can see that he is wearing gymnastics grips on his hands. Yet he did not have them on in the shot before, or in the shot afterwards.

Scrappy
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Amadeus picture

Continuity mistake: In the extended version of the DVD, there's a scene where Constanza goes to sleep with Salieri. In one shot there's a very prominent candle next to or just behind her on her right that smoking like it's just been extinguished. But from the front view there are no candles that close to her, and the ones a short distance away are all lit.

Krista
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The Philadelphia Experiment picture

Continuity mistake: After crashing through the guarded barrier of the base, David drives the stolen pickup truck and burning debris from the electrical storm falls onto the hood of the truck. In the next close-up the burning debris is shaped differently. Then after they crash through the wall, in the wide shot there is no burning debris on the hood. Yet, in the next close-up there's plenty of burning debris, but then in the next shot there is no burning debris again, just a smoking engine. The building debris surrounding the truck and behind it, in the first shot differs from all the building debris in the second shot as well. (01:21:50)

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The Killing Fields picture

Continuity mistake: When the protagonists are trying to get to the French embassy they pass a VW beetle whose windshield is smashed by a Red Khmer. The camera angle is not very helpful but if you look closely you see that the window is gone already, and the pieces flying over the hood are from the bit of glass that sticks in the frame. (00:56:50)

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Racing with the Moon picture

Continuity mistake: Right before the fight scene in the bowling alley, Gatsby Boy bowls a strike. However, when Hopper charges down the alley after him, the 7 pin is shown still standing.

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1984 picture

Continuity mistake: In the torture scene near the end of the movie Winston is lying on the rack. One of O'Brien's aides removes the shackles of Winston's right arm, but leaves the one on the left arm fixed. Next shot: O'Brien tells Winston to get up, and he does, although the shackle on the left arm has not been removed. Minor mistake but noticeable.

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Once Upon a Time in America picture

Continuity mistake: In the first 1968 section, where Noodles rents a car and drives back to his old neighbourhood, watch the background of the wide shot as he is stopping the car. In the close-up that follows when Noodles gets out, two girls have appeared, hanging around a doorway, who were not to be seen the moment before.

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Against All Odds picture

Continuity mistake: When Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward are on the beach in the grass hut on the video version you clearly see the overhead boom mike swinging back and forth to face the character who is speaking at the moment. This continues through the whole scene.

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The River picture

Continuity mistake: When Mae and Tom persuade little Beth to go and feed the chicken again because they want to make love, the way the towel is thrown over Tom's shoulder changes between shots. (00:39:15)

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Tank picture

Continuity mistake: While the tank is crushing the Sheriff's office, the antenna and machine gun rack on the gun turret disappear, then reappear. (01:04:05)

Mister Ed
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Moscow on the Hudson picture

Continuity mistake: Early in the film, Vladimir and Anatoly are in Anatoly's car. The car has two dice hanging from the top of the windshield, but no rearview mirror. When Anatoly pulls up behind the gas truck, the dice are now hanging from a rearview mirror. (00:07:10)

William Yates
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